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I will be another week or so before we start but we only make about five gallons or so a year. Let us know how the sap runs over the next few days.
 

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I was gonna give another week or so myself. I don't expect to make more than a gallon of syrup myself.
 

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I am tapping my black walnuts again this year. The syrup from them is really good too, real buttery sweet and very yellow.
 

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Started back during second week of January here in Beaver County. To date, we probably have 1/2 of our 4,000 trees tapped.
 

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smitz8500 I don't use spiles, but soda bottles and clear plastic tubing. See my description under the spiles thread
 

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Dunno where you're located smitz, but our part-time crew is tapping 5 days a week, weather permitting, in Brady's Run Park in Beaver County. We welcome anyone who wants to lend a hand and we'll even feed you lunch! Just be prepared to climb steep hills while packed down like a mule. PM me if you're interested.
 

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Thanks for the offer but Im in washington county near green county
As much as Id like to check it out its kinda far to drive
Plus us southerens won't cross more than one river unless its a medical emergency...lol
 

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Im gonna start on Monday, Ill be running about 50 traditional buckets, and then some 5 gallon buckets with tubing.... ..I use all plastic spiles....
 

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I am tapping my black walnuts again this year. The syrup from them is really good too, real buttery sweet and very yellow
What is your sap to syrup yield out of the walnuts?
 

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I never figured it out. Probably about the same as maples. So far I have made only about a half gallon of walnut syrup a year. According to a book I have, Maples, Walnuts, Hickory, Sycamore and Birches all yield syrup producing sap. The Birch sap doesn't run until much later in the spring though.
 

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I think the Birch ratio is about 100:1.
 

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Sycamore ? That's interesting. Sycamore are a dime a dozen around here, and grow very large here in wet areas. Wonder what the flavor is like ?
 

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Just an update...weather finally warmed up enough to melt off the ice and get things running here yesterday. First round of collecting brought in 3000 gallons of sugar water. Started cooking this morning and collected another 1000 gallons this afternoon. Hope this is an early sign of a good season.
 

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I finally got started today and made about 2 gallons. The next couple of days look promising for another boil monday or tuesday.
 

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We converted from wood to oil last year. I posted some pics of our evaporator in another thread. Currently, RO is just a bit outside of our budget.
 
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